Derivan Screen Ink is
a totally water-based
silk screen printing
ink. Formulated as a
safe, non-toxic ink for
fabric, it can be used
in the classroom or at
home safely without the
worry of being exposed
Multi Purpose Fabric
COLOUR CARD & PRODUCT Ink INFORMATION to solvents such as white spirits,
turps or thinners. Derivan Screen Ink
Non-Toxic • Water-based • Multi Purpose Fabric Ink washes up in water (before it is heat
Australian Made set) but has excellent rub resistance
and lightfastness once heat set.
Mid Yellow Golden Yellow Yellow Orange Bright Orange
Mid Red Bright Red Brilliant Pink Purple
Turquoise Blue Green Light Mid Green Brown
White Reducer Fluro Green Fluro Orange
Fluro Red Fluro Yellow Fluro Blue
NB: Colours in this colour chart are as accurate as conventional printing allows
Use: Fabrics containing starch, size, fillers, Any type of heat can be used. Heat tunnels,
softeners or crease-proof treatments ovens even the humble household iron,
Silk Screen System: should be washed prior to printing . Fabrics can all be used. If using contact heat (for
It is important to make sure the silk screen containing waterproofing treatments may not
instance an iron), use a tea towel or another
blockout or stencil system that is to be used accept the paints and may result in mottling,
is compatible with water-based products poor colour adhesion or patchy printing and piece of cotton cloth over the image to
(some are completely resistant to many may not remain washproof. iron on. Do not iron directly over the print.
solvents but water will destroy them). Heat fixing times and temperatures vary.
Heat fixing prints:
Mesh size: However, a guide is as follows:
It is necessary to heat fix the image if it is
Generally speaking, the best mesh size for to be washproof. Heat fixing can take many • Cotton, calico, linen, rayon - 4-5 minutes
fabric printing is 10T to 25T (monofilament). forms. The main points to be observed are: at 140°C - 180°C
A coarser mesh screen is required for fabric • The image has been air dried before it is • Synthetics, nylon, polyester, tetron,
than for paper; more ink is required as heat fixed. acrylic - 5-8 minutes at 115°C-130°C.
fabric tends to be more absorbent.
• When heat fixing, the heat is applied
Important projects warrant testing to
Choice of fabrics: evenly over the image.
determine maximum temperature to make
Best results are obtained from absorbent • The heat is applied continuously for the
required time over the image. image fast and avoid scorching.
fabrics; avoid waterproof fabrics as they
tend to inhibit penetration and repel the • Be sure not to scorch or burn the image Test by heat fixing a test strip and washing
water-based colours. or garment. in a heavy duty cycle.
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